There are a couple of points which I need to make before I begin. By Kindle I am referring to e-book devices. This includes Kindle, iBooks etc. By paperback I mean all paper books (including hardback).
The Kindle is becoming a very popular piece of technology. But is it replacing the paperback book? 28% of Americans were using a Kindle in 2012 (factbrowser.com). 39% of young people in the UK use a Kindle daily (kindleebooks.wordpress.com). From these statistics it looks like the number of Kindle users is rising. But why do you want to buy one? And why are paperback books still popular?
Reasons Kindle is Better Than Paperback
Short answer: portability. The Kindle is far more portable than paperback books. But a Kindle is about the size of a small book, so how is it more portable?
The answer is you can fit hundreds of books on a Kindle. And it will not get any bigger. So you can carry your books with you anywhere.
The Kindle also has 3G and wifi. So it serves as a tablet and an e-reader.
Reasons Paperback is Better Than Kindle
I grew up without the option of reading books on a Kindle. It is partly for sentimental reasons that I prefer paperback books. Buying new paperback books at shops like Waterstones is a great experience in itself. You can also buy second hand books from charity shops. These are cheaper, charitable and eco-friendly.
Paperbacks are also more hands-on than Kindle books. I recently read War and Peace, Master and Commander and The Last of the Mohicans in paperback form. I also read Percy Jackson on Kindle. I have reviewed these books elsewhere on Negau Blog. I enjoyed Percy Jackson, but felt more of a connection to the others. With paperback books you are physically connected to the story. You literally hold the narrative in your hands.
There are benefits to both Kindle and paperback books. I personally prefer to read in paperback. But it may be that future generations will grow up reading Kindle books. And they will not have the same sentimental attachment to paperback. It looks like the Kindle market will continue to grow. And it may leave paperback books to become a rarity.